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Laguna LT1400 3hp bandsaw1/19
Delivered today. Guide says 30 amp circuit, but the plug is for 20amp??? I know there's a surge at start-up, but why didn't they put a 30amp plug on? Don't know if I am allowed to put a 20 amp receptacle on a 30amp circuit, or if I should just hard wire it. What do you folks think?? Thanks
What do the folks at Laguna say?
With my farm background, I'd say plug it in and saw. But when installed in a commercial shop, throw a disconnect on the wall and hard wire it. Your insurance inspector will surely like it better! IF he even looks at it. Doubt that many would recognize the difference, especially with a factory cord like that.
Use the plate on the motor to find the correct amperage. My 3hp (2.2kw) 18" Laguna bandsaw has run fine for 15 years on a 20 amp circuit. Plate (see attached photo) shows 15.5 amps (220 volt, single phase) which is pretty much right at the borderline between a 20 amp and 30 amp circuit. I bought it directly from Laguna and it did not come with wire or plug. My electrician said I'd be fine with the 20 amp breaker, and yea, after all this time I agree - and we've never blown a breaker. I believe these do have a built in starter, even though they are single phase. That could be why it doesn't blow on startup.
Note that my motor is an Italian brand, your's I'm sure comes with the Leeson motor, which is a pretty good manufacturer. They used to be all (Leeson) made in the USA, not sure if they're now going offshore for production. Story has it that Lee started the company with his son (hence the "Leeson" name) after he had a fallout with Baldor, in which he had previously been a partner.
Did you buy this used? Or, if new, perhaps the shop selling it had demoed it and temporarily threw on a 20 amp plug. I find most machines today do not come with plugs, and in many cases don't even include a wire...
So I finally got the saw where I wanted it and ran a 20amp line, plugged it in and it runs fine. One thing I was wondering, if the saw peaks over 20amps even for a fraction of a second, does that eventually put a strain on the motor??